Google Pixel XL vs. Huawei Nexus 6P

Leave a Comment
Google has launched the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to take the Apple devices head-on. This also means that the Nexus brand of devices is now officially discontinued. Now that the bandwagon of Android flagships is passed onto the new devices, it is high time we see how the new products fare against their predecessors. In this post, Google Pixel XL is compared with last year's Huawei Nexus 6P, which was launched in India in October last year. It was also one of the most googled devices of the year.

Google Pixel XL versus Huawei Nexus 6P

Color options

Black and silver are the standard color options across both the devices. Apart from that, Pixel XL offers a new blue variant, while the Nexus 6P comes in gold and white as well.


Google Pixel XL is 154.7 mm in height, 75.7 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. Huawei Nexus 6P is 159.3 mm in height, 77.8 mm in width and 7.3 mm in depth. Thus, Nexus 6P is around 3% taller and wider in comparison.

Display pixel density

Pixel XL boasts of a pixel density of 534 ppi, while Nexus 6P has only 518 ppi. This is evident since Pixel has a smaller display.

Display size

Pixel XL features a 5.5-inch display, while Nexus 6P sports a 5.7-inch display. Hence, Nexus 6P has a 3.5% bigger screen than that of Pixel XL.

Internal storage options

Google Pixel XL has only 32 and 128 GB models. Huawei Nexus 6P offers an additional 64 GB variant.


Pixel XL is available at $769 (for 32 GB variant), $869 (for 128 GB variant). Nexus 6P is available at $499 (for 32 GB variant), $549 (for 64 GB variant), $649 (for 128 GB variant).


Google Pixel XL boasts of 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset clocked at 2.15 GHz. Nexus 6P runs on 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor clocked at 2 GHz.


Pixel XL offers 4 GB RAM, while Nexus 6P only has 3 GB. So you get an extra gigabyte of RAM in the former.

Virtual Assistant

Pixel XL comes with the new Google Assistant. Nexus 6P features the junior Google Now assistant.

Virtual Reality support

Google Pixel XL is Google Daydream ready out-of-the-box, while the Huawei Nexus 6P is not.


Pixel XL weighs 168 grams, while Nexus 6P weighs 178 grams. Thus, Nexus 6P is almost 6% heavier.

Other common features

  • Aluminum unibody design
  • Not water resistant
  • 2560x1440 pixels (QHD) screen resolution
  • Pressure insensitive AMOLED display
  • Single lens 12 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, and 8 MP secondary camera
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) missing
  • 3,450 mAh battery capacity; fast charging supported
  • USB Type-C interface
  • No wireless charging
  • Non-expandable storage
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Rear fingerprint sensors
  • Onscreen buttons instead of capacitive touch ones
  • NFC enabled. Hence Android Pay supported
  • Android 7 Nougat


Huawei Nexus 6P is, without a doubt, an excellent phone. On paper, the Google Pixel XL sounds very promising. Also, since it is the first phone to bear the Google banner, I expect it to bridge the gap between software and hardware that is visible in other Android flagships. Google Assistant and Google Daydream also sound promising. A detailed review should clear out the picture soon.


Post a Comment